It's been a little over two weeks since I decided I needed a break. I thought I'd come back for IWSG and give an update on how I'm doing. I was pretty blue (I'm hesitate to say depressed because I don't think it's that bad. I'm just having a rough patch) when I wrote that last post
(on my birthday to boot!)
Overall, I'm doing... good, I think. It's been up and down. Some days I'm happy and relaxed. It's been so nice not having to worry about certain writing stuff. I cut out some bad relationships and enforced a few of the positive ones I have. (A lot of my improvement has come from that. I'm not focusing on one sided relationships. Please note also, just because I haven't said anything to you doesn't mean you've been cut out.) But then I have days where all I want to do is hide under the bed.
The other night, as I lay in bed, I debated deleting my online presence. I was tired and cranky, so no reason to take the thought too seriously. BUT...
(Yes, there is a but.)
Lately, I've been down in the dumps in a major way, and every time I get online the feeling has gotten worse. It's left me unproductive. I haven't written anything in weeks. Even with encouragement Word stays closed. The time of year doesn't help. Holidays stress me out and having three in a row (Halloween, Thanksgiving and the big one, Christmas) is like being punched in the throat three times. And let's not get into the chaos at the day job. Ugh.
*EDIT* Larry was able to get my questions answered! Better late than never, eh?
First the awesome cover. *pets* About The Sorcerer's Daughter:
In the third Accidental Sorcerers
story, as Bailar and his apprentices help the Conclave prepare for conflict with the rogue sorcerers, Sura learns that she is a descendant of a noble House in the Alliance. But when she discovers the price of her history, it may be too late.
Now, for Larry's mini interview. Enjoy. Introduce yourself and your books.
Hi, I'm Larry Kollar. I write mostly fantasy, but I do take side trips into SF and paranormal. I have seven books out, soon to be eight. Most of my sales come from Amazon, but I do make most (all but one) available at B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, and other places. http://farmanor.blogspot.com/p/my-ebooks.html
Fun fact about me: I'm not a holiday person. It stresses me out. Furbish
[Middle English furbishen, from Old French fourbir, fourbiss-, from Frankish *furbjan.]
- To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
- To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.
the red bulb, pausing to look at the tree. Her face reflected in the other, colorful bulbs hanging among the fronds of green. A swelling of joy rose up her throat. She smiled.
Okay, I'm going to admit that I used that title because I read an article saying titles like that help bring traffic. Consider this me testing that theory. BUT I do have knowledge about book tours, so I'm not totally deceiving you.
Back in August, it was Snapshots
' birthday. Since release day the year before had gone so wrong, I wanted to throw a bash and basically pretend this year was Snapshots
' release. (No, I will not tell you what happened. If you really want to know, I think I blogged about it last year after it happened.) To do this, I wanted to have a blog tour, but my previous experience with hiring someone to do it (Snapshots
release tour incidentally) hadn't gone that well. I decided I would do it myself.
Now, I am not a planner. I don't know what I'll eat for dinner, but I knew a successful book tour would needs lots of planning and organization. My first step was the sign ups. I went to Google and used one of their templates and created sing up form and made a blog post asking for people to sign up. Then I went to Twitter and personally asked a few blogger friends. I also posted about it on Facebook and had a book reviewer who had reviewed Snapshots
(for its release tour) spread the word too. The nice thing about using Google to create a form is it will convert the entries into a spreadsheet in Google docs.
Next week I will be participating in the Realm Faire, more specifically, the Jousting contest. As such, I need your help.
The joust will take place Monday through Friday, the week of November 11th at M. Pax's blog
. You can help by cheering for me. I have key words that will earn me points. Up to three points can be scored per comment, and you can cheer up to three times a day. Your comment also gives you an entry into that day's drawing for prizes. There is a grand prize at the end of the week.
Commenting will be open from 3:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. US eastern time each day. All winners will be announced Monday, November 18th.The knight with the most points wins a year of promotion in the sidebar of M. Pax's site, including their badge, link to their website and a scrolly featuring their books. Other prizes include an M. Pax paperback of choice and chocolate. (YUMMY!)
It's Insecure Writer's Support Group
time. The purpose of this group, led by Ninja Captain Alex, is to release fears into the world or give encouragement for those who are struggling.
I have been waiting for this day for a couple weeks. I like IWSG. It makes me feel safe and unafraid of venting. That's not something I always feel. Often, I don't vent because I either A)Don't trust the person I'm talking to or B)Don't want the person I'm talking to to worry.
Now that IWSG is here, I'm not sure I want to talk. I wrote a post, getting into some of my insecurities and my struggle to find the energy and motivation to write.
Then I deleted it.
#WriteMotivation is back for the month of November! I am so happy too. Last month, my goals were... well, let me tell you.
I kept up with Friday Quick Fic, aside from having a few blog hops and tours that fell on the day. I have this thing against posting twice on the same day. It drives me nuts and I'm not sure why.
I finally got edits back from Erin on POA2 and MJ got me her notes on OoS. MB even got me some edits too. I didn't look at any of them. Same happened with Shiny New Idea as my edits. Nothing got done. I need to explore why in my IWSG post on Wednesday.
My last goal I blew out of the water. I got a lot of knitting done in October.
Another thing I did was I read a little, but nothing that would count towards the reading challenge I had signed up for. I was supposed to read paranormal books. I read a Christmas story.
Today I have Jessica Sankiewicz to talk about why she writes YA and her upcoming book, If Only We. At the end, there is a giveaway for gift cards, swag and copies of If Only We. Take it away, Jessica!
This week the Book Blogger Hop asks:
What is your favorite horror novel and why?
I used to read tons of horror novels when I was younger, Goosebumps
, Fear Street
, and so on. I also read Salem's Lot
by Stephen King. I heard it had a vampire in it, so you can guess why I picked it up. More recently, I read Thorns In Dark Places
by Lake Lopez, a Twitter friend (who I haven't said a peep to in forever. I'm a bad Twitter friend. >.<)
If I had to pick, I'd say the Fear Street
books are my favorite. Even years later, I can remember bits and pieces of the stories I read. They stuck with me (even if there were no vampires that I can recall.) Sometimes, I'm tempted to find them so I can reread them and see if they scare me more or less now. I think it'd be a fun trip down memory lane.
Now, it's your turn. Let me know in the comments what your favorite horror novel is and why.